Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO)

"Improving Health Worldwide"

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Introduction of GAPIO

It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.

7th Annual Conference


VII Annual GAPIO conference was successfully concluded on 7th and 8th January 2017 at Hyderabad. 

The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Kamineni Srinivas, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh along with Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group and Founder President of GAPIO, outgoing President of GAPIO Dr. Sanku Rao, New President of GAPIO Dr. Ramesh Mehta, New Vice President of GAPIO Dr. Anupam Sibal, New Secretary General of GAPIO Nandakumar Jairam, New Joint Secretary of GAPIO Dr. Sudhir Parikh and New Treasurer of GAPIO Dr. Rohini Sridhar.

Dr. Sangita Reddy was the Chief Guest for the evening function along with other prominent dignitaries. “GAPIO World Healthcare Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year” was conferred to Dr. Nawab Shafi Ul Mulk of Global Hawk Telemedicine & Diagnostics from UAE. GAPIO awards were also presented in the evening function.

GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Dr. A M Nisar Syed.

GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Arvind Gupta, Dr. Nirmal Kumar and Dr. Sanku Rao.

GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Loknath Shandilya and Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda.

GAPIO Emerging Young Leaders Award was presented to Dr. Neeraj Bhala.

GAPIO Special Contribution Award was presented to outgoing President, Dr. Sanku Rao.

The conference was started with 3 pre-conference workshops i.e. Pediatric Basic Life Support at Rainbow Children’s Hospitals, Advanced Ultrasound Trauma & life Support Course (AUTLS), jointly by CARE / AIIMS – Delhi at CARE Hospitals and Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening at Tanvir Hospital on 6th January 2017.

The scientific programme of the main conference on 7th January had included sessions on Cardio Vascular Diseases, Metabolic Disorders, Brain Trauma – Kidney and Oncology. The sessions on 8th January 2017 were Rheumatology, Gastro Intestinal Disorders, Paediatrics, Robotic Surgery, Mental Health, Global Health Care, Emerging Healthcare Challenges. More than 300 delegates participated in the conference.  

Please click on the link to download the report of Pre-conference Workshop on Cervical Cancer and HPV vaccination”.


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Budget Reactions on Indian Budget 1st February 2017, New Delhi India
The current budget is a step forward for improving the health care of society said, Dr Anupam Sibal Vice President of GAPIO but still more needs to be done.  GAPIO wants overall increase in the budget to double of GDP.   In a move to widen the availability of essential drugs across India, an Amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules has been proposed. This will ensure availability of medicines at reasonable prices and help people get access to life-saving medicines. New norms are also being formulated for the medical devices sector in order to encourage investments. 1.   Two new AIIMS, 5,000 new PG medical seats and increase graduate  seats in medical colleg

Feb 01, 2017 by GAPIO

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